Analysis: Is McCown at WR a jab at Williams?

One has to wonder if Josh McCown was just used as the hand to slap Mike Williams in the face. Why else would they continue to praise Williams for solid effort in practice -- and yet bury him underneath a quarterback whose only accomplishment in Detroit thus far has been taking the Mike McMahon fast-track to greatness.

Like sands through the hourglass, these are the stories of the Detroit Lions recieving corps.

Yes, it's definitely been an interesting ride for everyone involved, but would the Lions do it any different? They didn't even wait for the season to start this time. Mike Furrey, a converted safety, was and still is the number two receiver in a highly prolific offense run by Mike Martz.

Everyone figured the 6'5 235 pound beast of a wideout Mike Williams to be a veritable shoe-in for the third spot. And, well, you've seen the rest. The soap opera continues, and as the world turns in Allen Park, it gets worse by the week.

Much, much worse. And of course, this is a brand new week following yet another brand new loss, creating even more brand new Mike Williams controversy.

Josh McCown, who was actually slated on some depth charts as the third quarterback. This week though, he played the part of the third wideout in the offense. As a Lions fan, you've got to be asking yourself, where's the hook?

McCown had more balls thrown his way than Mike Williams.

Certainly, somebody has to answer to this. Certainly, somebody has to have the fifty-second card in the desk that has been incomplete for a terrible season. But, like a cheap dollar store puzzle, this package was made to be unfinished.

"Right now, it's just lack of speed. He's got to get faster out there."

That answer from coach Rod Marinelli could be taken as solid, constructive criticism, or as a heat guided missile directed at the hottest topic in the locker room -- Matt Millen be damned.

More likely it's the latter -- after a solid week of practice, Mike Martz announced that Williams would see more action versus the Patriots, citing the fact that "when he runs as hard as he's capable", that he's an extremely solid player to have on the roster.

What we saw against New England shouldn't have been a surprise. Not a surprise either -- that Marinelli even took the time to reiterate that Mike Williams is; in his eyes, too slow, and that Josh McCown is a superior athlete.

"(Josh has) got really good speed. He's a very good athlete; he's got height and he's got range. That's what I really like about him. You know, you were asking about Mike (Williams) - Mike right now is more of an inside guy."

Rod also mentioned the fact that when Williams did in fact play inside, he was covered.

Does anyone remember Herman Moore getting a whole lot of catches far and away from a corner who didn't slip? Nah, didn't think so.

One has to wonder if McCown was just used as the hand to slap Mike Williams in the face. Why else would they continue to praise Williams for solid effort in practice -- and yet bury him underneath a quarterback whose only accomplishment in Detroit thus far has been taking the Mike McMahon fast-track to greatness.

"Hopefully this continues to push him. That if a quarterback can step in there and be effective that he will continue to grow as a receiver," said Marinelli.

And perhaps the biggest surprise as them all -- one of the mouthiest players in the NFL has nothing to say about it.

"That's not my deal, I'm not getting into that," said Roy Williams, perhaps the biggest Mike Williams supporter on the team.

Oh, but rest assured, he had plenty of time to comment on how the team should have run running back Kevin Jones more, in order to ensure a Lions victory.

But don't worry, every good soap opera has a cliffhanger, just enough of a taste of the next surprise to get you to tune into the program the next time it airs. So will McCown play next week at the same spot?

Said Marinelli, "He might be."


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